October 10 Wilton’s pond at sunset

Sunset at Wilton Centennial Park

This is one of my favorite images in my year-long project of shooting North Dakota every day of 2010.  Some days my photos are so amateurish and bad that I don’t post them.

But on this day, just a short walk from my home I saw what might work for a good image. Of course it’s the Golden Hour, and it shows.  The color is radiant in the trees and along the horizon.

Most unusual (and if you’re from North Dakota, you know what I mean) there is no wind.  The reflective glass of the Wilton Centennial Park pond is perfect to bounce back the trees and light around it.

I could easily vote for this as my favorite photo of the year in North Dakota 365.  What do you think?

March 31

North Dakota is warming up. Finally.  There is still a bit of snow on east-facing slopes, but the ice is off of the sloughs and ponds. The wind is light and the sunset reflection in the water is a scene I’ve not seen in months.

I was out driving the back roads of Sheridan County when I saw what was going to be a perfect reflection in the water.  I actually drove past the potential scene, backed up and then waited.  I was rewarded by the still waters and the duo-images of the clouds and the colors of the evening.

Earlier, I had photographed the abandoned farm house on the hill and it’s reflection in the nearby pond.  So, I already had in mind the potential for reflection of the sunset and was not disappointed.

The humor of the day, however, came from two pairs of geese who apparently did not have the same idea about sharing.  One pair apparently encroached in to the home turf and perhaps the nest and eggs of the first pair.  There was a bit of a turf battle as the two pairs their territorial differences.  Who said the Northern Plains are peaceful, pastoral and quiet?  I guess they weren’t a trespassing and feuding pair of geese.